Janvier

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Born in the coldest of mid-winter days, it was only fitting Janvier's leader Taciturne chose snow covered fields and icy winds as an inspiration some years later for his first musical effort. Looking inwards at his melancholic temper to shape the sounds that would create the dreadful and emotionally charged atmospheres in Janvier's self-titled debut, riffs and melodies started to make the landscape painfully real.

The only thing it was missing was the horror inspired aesthetics of vocalist Kanibaal to give the project a more aggressive color and an impending sense of inescapable fate. With his lyrics, Kanibaal put into words the growing feeling of oppression that can be felt until the very end of a desperate journey through the storm.

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"Releasing an album in the dead of winter and naming your band after one of the winter months are two small ways to give listeners an inkling of what to expect, but Janvier doesn’t stop with just titles and imagery. Indeed, their four track debut embodies the whipping winds and cold, snow-clad landscapes of the northern winters."
– The Metal Observer

"Initially, from opener ‘Des Pas Dans La Neige’, we get bitterly cold, biting winter black metal. Winds howl, snow crunches and a harsh, ponderous riff crawls through the bleak night. There is a deep Burzum feel here from the tempo to the sharp buzzing riffs, but also maybe a good streak of Darkthrone in the rawness and the attitude and the excellent vocals and a little early Forteresse in the atmosphere. It’s good, doomy stuff, with a good vision and its own personality crawling in the darkness. The remainder of the EP is split into three parts of ‘A Travers La Tourmente’. It’s only really in the third part where the tempo picks up, really, flinging a wild and thrashy edge into the mid, underlying the rawness in Janvier."
– Ave Noctum

"Janvier deserve to start being mentioned with the likes of Forteresse, Mort aux Gueux, Some Happy Thoughts, and Délétère. Métal Noir Québécois is a genre of black metal set apart from the others, a force of nature in its own right. Janvier delivers some heavy, deathly cold blows of its own that only strengthen the genre."
– Resounding Footsteps

"This self-titled album is a suitably wintry and bleak introduction to a new band named after one of the coldest months in the Canadian year. Let's hope the future for Janvier the band is as bright as the album is deathly cold and shivery in atmosphere and gloomy in outlook and presentation. The opening track especially sets the scene with a glacial, depressed pace and downbeat mood, swirling winds in the background and monotonously grinding guitar drones and hardened riffs. The guitar sounds seem extra-grim and unyielding and the drumming is drained of all life. Proceedings perk up a bit in succeeding tracks with a hard crabby vocal that might have been spawned out of those frosty blowing winds but the deep melancholy persists."
– NausikaDalazBlindaz, The Metal Archives

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released February 15, 2017

Taciturne: All instruments
Kanibaal: Vocals

All music and lyrics by Janvier
Mixed and mastered by Jean-Philippe Matte
Cover art by © Dirk Wustenhagen / Trevillion Images

Design, layout and pictures for the digipak by Wolfspell Records

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Janvier Montreal, Québec

Atmospheric Black Metal duo from Quebec, Canada.

Janvier is:

Taciturne - All instruments

Kanibaal - Vocals

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Track Name: Des pas dans la neige
- Instrumental -
Track Name: A travers la tourmente I
Errant sous un ciel noir de glace
Traversant forêts et crevasses
Voyant la tempête lui faire face
Effaçant chacune de ces traces

Ailleurs au fond des cavernes
Des ombres affamées hibernent
Une soif sordide les malmène
Et son emprise les gouverne

Perdu et maintenant sans repères
Envahi d’une sombre misère
L’envie de maudire cet hiver
Les échos propagent sa colère

Quittant l’abri de murs ternes
Poussées par leurs pulsions malsaines
Elles devinent sous une lune pleine
Une silhouette et sa pâle lanterne

Qui trace son propre piège
D’une démarche lancinante
Des pas dans la neige
À travers la tourmente
Track Name: A travers la tourmente II
Neige tombée
Terre ruinée
Espoir brisé

Rôdant au pied de la terreur
Dévasté par l’immense douleur

Gonflant l’ampleur de la tumeur
Chaque flocon lui nourrissant la peur

Étourdi
Engourdi
Enseveli

La poursuite d’une lourde présence
L’amenant tout droit vers la potence
Froide âme le plongeant d’une transe
Abreuvant l’ardeur de leur démence

Forgée dans les profonds abîmes
Leur rage s’élève au-dessus des cimes
La force du blizzard les anime
Déchaîne une fureur sublime

Étourdi
Engourdi
Enseveli
Track Name: A travers la tourmente III
Son coeur battant le tambour
Craquant la rivière gelée
Et de son souffle éraillé
Assourdissant l’aube du jour
Sinistre paysage désolé
Portrait d’un esprit déraillé

Apercevant le reflet des ombres
Sous le couvert de la poudrerie
En proie à de grotesques diableries
Teintées d’une aura de malveillance
Claustré par leur omniprésence
Piégé à la surface de sa tombe

Vent glacial qui transperce la chair
Chaque bourrasque lacérant sa peau
Qui s’effrite et s’envole en lambeaux
Des flocons dans une danse céleste
Remplissant le sablier funeste
Apogée d’un affligeant calvaire

Les cieux s’ouvrent et crachent leur poison
Ultimes rafales chantant l’oraison
Ignobles spectres ornant la saison
De son sang glacé, la neige s’imprègne
Un dernier frisson avant qu’il s’éteigne
Et finisse éclot, parmi leur règne